I need to patch up the fireback in my fireplace.
It's one of those 2-part concrete/firebrick things forming the back to a
fireplace consisting of a cast iron arched surround with a coal-effect gas
fire in the grate and should be black (it was when it came and was
Above the heat some paint has flaked off leaving a 2" by 4" patch of bare
Any suggestions for which matt black paint to use? Is there a normal paint
for this application?
email me at
richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
It's normally meant for the inside and will cope with 475 degrees C.
Generally the DIY stores have it, but of course this isn't the time of
You might want to give Hammerite, the manufacturer, a call and ask if
it's suitable for the surface. www.hammerite.com
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Graphite in wax doesn't work on fireplaces. You need an oil binder
instead. Look for Zebo grate polish (black and yellow stripey tube,
ironmongers or larger supermarkets), not paint-effects patinating wax.
If it's really hot (furnace temperatures) then Purimachos do some
zirconia-based paints that handle yellow heat and are cheap. Won't
change the surface colour, but it protects the underlying surface.
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